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Meal Prepping for Beginners

You are what you eat couldn’t be a more true statement. We all know this and yet we continue to fuel our bodies with junk, sugar, and chemicals. Because we just don’t have time and obviously it just tastes good. We all know logically we should be doing it, it has so many pluses and very few downfalls. It helps us stay on track, helps us make good decisions to reach our lifestyle goals. Yep, you guessed it Meal Prepping. There are so many memes that show the gym is the easy part, eating healthy is the hard part. And that couldn’t be any truer. It’s not always about losing weight or gaining muscle. It’s about feeling healthy and setting yourself up to win. It’s about a lifestyle change. Its sucks when you go to the gym for your hour of training, you give it all you got then bam your starving. Nothing is cooked so you just stop and grab a “salad”..And usually by the time it’s loaded with all the toppings and dressing all the calories you just burned off are back and then some lol. This is especially true for me because I’m a total sucker for anything with sauce. It’s a vicious cycle but as with everything, you have to find balance. Eating clean doesn’t mean going flat out no sugar and no carbs. It’s about balancing what your body needs and finding yummy ways to eat it. Because after eating five egg whites every morning by about the fourth day in its next to impossible to chew another bite, i would literally rather eat a piece of cardboard. You can get burned out with eating chicken all the time so add in other sources of lean protein, like fish. Find different seasonings (Preferably low in sodium) add fresh lime juice to kill any dryness and replace it with a burst of flavor. The big thing is just learning what your body needs. Changing your habit of grabbing fast food during your commutes. Although often you just don’t have time to grab something healthy and when you’re getting home after working nine hours it can feel next to impossible to cook up a healthy meal. Eating clean does take work and preparation but the rewards are immeasurable. Below I’ve created a list of all the kitchen accessories that make this task a little less daunting and time-consuming. These have really worked for us and help save precious time that can be spent at the gym 😉

Meal Prepping for Beginners

A pressure cooker is a lifesaver, it’s like a crock pot on steroids. It cooks everything in a fraction of the time. You can even put the meat in frozen and expect something to eat within half an hour. You can also use this to cook rice and steam your veggies! (I keep two side by side)  I’ll have to admit that while I would love to say I am a great chef.. in reality, I am more of a follow the recipe to a tee kind of girl. But this one I can actually handle and make edible meals that are healthy and people want to eat. (Apologies to my dog who’s used to a full course buffet under the table.)

https://www.amazon.com/MultiPot-Programmable-Pressure-Cooker-Mealthy/dp/B076QJNK8G/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1526170199&sr=1-3-spons&keywords=pressure+cooker&psc=1

Meal Prepping for Beginners

A good set of knives is a must!!! This one you have to have and you can go to Ross or Costco and get some fairly decent knife sets for under $50. Just make sure you have a good sharpener handy to maintain a good clean cut. There is nothing more frustrating then when you go to chop a bell pepper, an apple or even an onion and it turns into a battle that’s one more blunt hack away from escalating into an internal nuclear war. If you’re sawing away for a few minutes to barely make a dent you’re just building frustration that’s keeping you away from enjoying your health. Trust me, your knives will make or break your experience. Enjoy your kitchen!

https://www.amazon.com/McCook-MC22-Slicing-Rubberwood-Sharpener/dp/B073J4CG6W/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1526170696&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=knife+set+with+built+in+sharpener&psc=1

 

Meal Prepping for Beginners

A blender is an amazing tool, this can be a little higher in cost but definitely worth the investment. We dice fruits and veggies then put them into ziplock baggies and put them in the freezer. In the morning you just add water, your protein and or collagen mix, and pour in the pre-made baggie. Blend that baby well and boom you have breakfast ready to go in no time. This will not only give you energy but you will feel satisfied and ready to take on the day.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0758JHZM3?aaxitk=4H3pmRnMidJ-ixoqJF8hEw&pd_rd_i=B0758JHZM3&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=5582544217303223519&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-top-slot&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=blender+for+shakes+and+smoothies&hsa_cr_id=6522261410601

Meal Prepping for Beginners

The last thing you’re really going to need that will make your life so much easier are a set of meal prep containers, make sure you get the ones that are BPA free and have the compartments you need. We generally get the ones with three compartments for your meat, veggie, and carbs.

https://www.amazon.com/Compartment-Containers-Portion-Control-Bento/dp/B01D0JDZFO/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1526171218&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=meal+prep+containers+3+compartment&psc=1

Meal Prepping for Beginners

When we start this process it all begins with a shopping trip on Sunday. We make a grocery list and then go to the store to pick everything up. We will freestyle our shopping trips once we have a good grip on what’s working for us. But to get all your prep done as effective and efficient as possible always go with a list. When you make it home with your haul start prepping right away. Once the food goes into the fridge and everything is put away it becomes all too easy to put the work off. Treat this with the same work ethic you apply to your workouts. Keep it simple pick a protein, a carb, and some vegetables. Start with the protein because it will usually take the most preparation. We either Grill, Bake or put everything in the pressure cooker. Generally, we steam the veggies and cook the carbs (Sweet Potatoes, Rice, Whole Wheat Pasta) and then add seasonings. We like to use Flavor God seasoning it’s got a ton of flavor and doesn’t have a lot of the fillers and sodium that other spices do. If you want to check it out our favorite flavors are Everything Spicy and Lemon Garlic.
here is a link https://flavorgod.com/  

Experiment in the kitchen and have fun with it! Let me know what your favorite recipe is, I would love to hear from you!

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